Board of Directors
Bob is Chairman of Hibu plc, Stonehaven Search LLP, NetOTC and is an investor and entrepreneur. He is on the Advisory Board of the venture capital firm Bluegem LLP. Bob is the former chairman of Merrill Lynch EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). He held a number of management positions at Merrill Lynch, serving from 2003 to 2004 as chairman of EMEA Corporate Banking, global co-head of Telecom and Media Investment Banking in 2002, co-head of U.K. Investment Banking in 2001 and co-head of Corporate Broking in 2000. He was educated at Exeter School and the University of Bath. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Peter Jones CBE
Non-executive Deputy Chairman
Peter Jones is a well-known investor in many SME businesses. As well as steering and driving forward a fast-growing telecommunications business, Peter is involved in a number of additional business and media activities. In 2001, he was named as Emerging Entrepreneur of The Year by The Times/Ernst & Young and was listed 10th in Britain’s top entrepreneurs aged 40 and under by the Daily Telegraph in 2006. Peter was made a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours for his work and contribution to business, enterprise and young people.
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Catterson joined EXPANSYS in January 2010 as Chief Executive Officer worldwide.
Bringing with him significant experience and achievements across multi-channel Retail and Wireless channels, combined with a substantial knowledge of mass market Customer propositions, Catterson was previously Managing Director of the £1bn UK Retail Business of The Carphone Warehouse. Previously to this, Catterson held Managing Director posts at Micro Peripherals, Phones4U (where he turned around the Company to become the No2 in the UK market) and Office World. His earlier career saw him gain Operational experience with international Retailers such as Blockbuster Video and Marks and Spencer.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Ogle joined EXPANSYS in May 2011 as Chief Financial Officer.
Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1986. He then spent two years as a management accountant with WPP Group plc followed by nine years at the Telstar Entertainment Group where he rose to become Deputy Group Finance Director. From 1999 to 2007 he was Finance Director of Flomerics Group plc, a developer of analysis software for electronics companies. He was also Finance Director of Artilium plc, an AIM listed developer of software for mobile virtual network operators. He brings significant experience of investor relations and corporate transactions. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been an active committee member of the Quoted Companies Alliance.
Stephen Vincent, FCMA
Following the recent investment by Virtual Phone Shop Stephen joined the Board of EXPANSYS as an Non-executive Director. Stephen is the Finance Director of Phones International Group, whom he joined during its second year of operations in May 2000. He is either a Director or acts as an advisor to the vast array of other businesses in which Peter Jones has an investment. He is also a trustee of the Peter Jones Foundation
Graham joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1965, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and was admitted to the partnership in 1980, following a two year secondment to the firm in Nigeria. He also worked with the firm in Switzerland, Belgium and Mexico. As a general practice partner he has significant experience in listed company flotations, acquisition and disposal assignments and his client portfolio included listed companies and other organisations demanding effective and comprehensive corporate governance arrangements. Graham retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2005 and since then has been appointed a Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University and Chairman of its Audit Committee.
Brian was appointed to the board of lastminute.com, prior to its stock market listing in 2000, where he worked closely with the founders, Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane-Fox, to ensure the company was well resourced, well managed and prudently financed. Brian later became Chairman of lastminute.com plc in 2004 and, following a period of exponential growth, led the successful sale of the company.
As Group Retail Director, on the main board of BAA plc from 1997 to 2005, Brian was responsible for all commercial activity across twenty airports, transforming the retail offer at major hubs including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Boston Logan and introducing e-commerce and telecoms to the commercial portfolio.
Currently Chairman of the Jurys Inns Hotel Group, Brian works closely with the owners and the management team on rolling out their strategy of expansion of the successful Jurys Inns model. The Group now has over thirty hotels internationally. He is also a Non Executive Director of the McArthurGlen Group - Europe’s first, largest and most profitable Designer Outlet Village developer and operator – where he also chairs the Luxury Retail division, which develops full-price luxury shopping centres at airports.
The Board and its Committees
The Board meets quarterly, and has a formal schedule of matters which are reserved for its decision. Management Meetings (which include most of the Board) are held in the intervening months. These include strategic planning, business acquisitions and disposals, authorisation of major capital expenditure and material contractual arrangements. It undertakes regular monitoring of financial results together with comparison of these against expectations. Other matters are delegated to the executive members of the board, supported by policies for reporting to the board. Board and Committee papers are circulated in advance of each meeting so that all directors are fully briefed and provided with the information they need. All directors may take independent professional advice in furtherance of their duties at the Company’s expense. The Board formulates, reviews and approves EXPANSYS’ strategy, budget and major items of expenditure, as well as considering employee issues, key appointments and reporting to shareholders. It undertakes regular monitoring of key performance indicators and financial results together with comparison of these against expectations. The Company has adopted a model code for dealings in its ordinary shares for directors and senior employees which is appropriate for an AIM quoted company.
The Audit Committee, which is chaired by Graham Dawber and consists of Bob Wigley and Brian Collie, with Executive Directors attending by invitation. The Board is satisfied that there is recent and relevant financial experience within the committee members. The Audit Committee expects to meet not less than twice annually. The Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing a wide range of financial matters including the half year and annual reports and financial statements before their submission to the Board, and monitoring the quality of internal financial controls and ensuring that the financial performance for the Group is properly measured and reported on. The Audit Committee advises the Board on the appointment of external advisors and on their remuneration both for audit and non-audit work, and discusses the nature and scope of the audit with the external auditors. It has unrestricted access to the Group’s auditors and ensures that auditor independence has not been compromised
The Remuneration Committee is chaired by Brian Collie and consists of Bob Wigley and Graham Dawber, with the Chief Executive Officer attending by invitation. It is responsible for determining the contract terms, remuneration and other benefits for Executive Directors, including the performance related bonuses. The Remuneration Committee expects to meet not less than twice annually. The remuneration of the Non Executive Directors is reviewed by the Board.
The Nominations Commitee is chaired by Bob Wigley and consists of Brian Collie, Stephen Vincent and Graham Dawber.